OVERRIDE

The Exile

Richard S. Wheeler

Forge Books

Thomas Francis Meagher -- " Meagher of the Sword" -- was already an Irish revolutionary legend when he arrived in New York in 1851. He studied law, married a wealthy New York woman, engaged in Tammany politics, and commanded the Irish Brigade at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville.

The war took its toll on Meagher's soul and spirit and by its end he was ruined financially and spiritually until appointed acting governor of Montana Territory. In his isolated outpost, he faced formidable foes-hostile Indians, the vigilantes who were running the territory, and a government paralyzed by factionalism.

The Exile is the story of this dashing man of action, a man who inspired ballads and songs, who risked everything, and lost everything, on behalf of his ideals, and whose name is still revered among the Irish world-wide.

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I beseeched the winds to hasten the Elizabeth Thompson. But her white sails didn't rise from the haze of Bass Strait, and I feared I might perish. Of traffic in that narrows there was a plenty, and time and again I built a signal fire, only to watch the cloud of canvas slide past and sink over the horizon along with my heart.
With each passage, and every hour, my peril increased. I was a wanted man, yea, a celebrated and wanted man, and I knew that Governor Denison would stop at nothing to thwart my escape. Behind me, Van Diemen's Land crawled with the Queen's constables
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"...Wheeler is a writer's writer whose prose has the authority of handset type but sparkles like horseshoes on flint rock."

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  • Richard S. Wheeler

  • Richard S. Wheeler has written over fifty novels and several short stories. He has won four Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the field of western literature.

    He lives in the literary and film community of Livingston, Montana, and is married to Professor Sue Hart, of Montana State University-Billings. Before turning to fiction he was a newsman and book editor. He has raised horses and been a wrangler at an Arizona dude ranch.
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